Catholic Bishop in Angola Advocates for Wisdom in Management of Country’s Resources

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Several decades after independence, Angola is still lagging behind in development and cannot feed her people, a Bishop in the Southern African country has said, and appealed for wisdom for those who manage the country’s resources.

Reflecting on the 48th anniversary of Angola’s independence which was celebrated on November 11, Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese expressed regret that while other countries are making significant steps in development, the southern African country continues to lag behind.

“One has the feeling that in almost 50 years we haven't hit our stride,” Bishop Camuto said in his November 12 homily during Mass at Nossa Rosário Parish of Caxito Diocese. 

He added, “There are societies that in fewer years, in less time, have grown, and developed. But we are heading towards 50 years, but we are as we are, we can't even feed the citizens, with the goods we have, with the riches that the Lord has given us.” 

The Bishop said that for Angola to manage its resources properly, leaders and managers need wisdom.


“A ruler needs wisdom, because if he doesn't, he can lead his people down a long road away from progress, away from development,” the Angola Bishop said.

Bishop Camuto said the leader “can lead his people into wars, conflicts, strikes, because of a lack of wisdom.”

“A ruler, be he an administrator, be he a minister, be he a director, needs wisdom in order to govern others well, to govern the goods he has been given responsibility for, to manage well,” the Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp) said.

He continued, “Wisdom is necessary even for each of us to manage our own private lives.”

“Each of us must manage our lives wisely because if we can't, we will fail. And the door, as we have heard, can close in the end,” Bishop Camuto said.

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João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.